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South Florida Forecast

South Florida Forecast
South Florida Forecast

Capt. Alan Sherman covers Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable, including Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead.

November 26 - 28


Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be light north to northeast at 5 to 10 knots throughout the weekend. Earlier this week the western wall of the Gulf Stream was six miles offshore of Fowey Light.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

Snook, snappers, and tarpon continue to be caught at night in the ocean inlets. The best action is taking place on the outgoing tide. Large live shrimp, mullets, and pinfish have been getting a lot of the strikes. Along the beaches, piers, and jetties a few schools of baitfish are migrating south. A few Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalle, tarpon, and snook are feeding in and around these baitfish schools. Live pilchards, mullet and flashy lures are getting the strikes. In depths of water between 40 and 80 feet of water, ballyhoo schools can be seen showering as they are attacked by mackerel, kingfish, bonito, dolphinfish, barracuda, sailfish, and jacks. The fish that are chasing the ballyhoo schools are feeding mostly on ballyhoos. The Savage Gear Sandeel lure and the Savage Gear Pulse Tail Ballyhoo cast far and have been getting plenty of strikes by these fish. From 100 feet of water out to 600 feet of water dolphin fish are holding under floating debris. If you don’t see anything under the debris, then drop a jig down 100 or more feet and work it back to the surface. Often the dolphins are there but deep and will follow the lure to the surface  A few blackfin tuna can be found in the same depths of water. On the bottom both day and night mutton and yellowtail snappers are biting live baits and cut baits. You can find these fish in depths from 40 feet out to 200 feet of water. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 7:10.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Baitfish schools continue to be scattered throughout the bay. At times schools of large and small jack crevalles, ladyfish, mackerel, and bluefish can be seen crashing into the baitfish schools. Casting and trolling baitfish imitation lures around the schools of baitfish can get you into the action. A few seatrout can be seen feeding on the baitfish schools when the baitfish are over or near a grass flat. Casting jig heads tipped with soft plastics will get some you some action from the trout. Snook and tarpon can be found up in the Eastern Shores and Oleta River area where they have been holding since the waters have chilled. Live pilchards and mullet will work on these fish. The docks and bridges that have lights that shine into the water are producing steady action from jacks, snappers, snook, and tarpon. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at  9:13 AM.

South Biscayne Bay

Bonefishing continues to be very good over the shallow flats of South Bay. Captains Jorge Valverde and Mo Estevez have had steady catches and release when the winds allow sight fishing. The Finger Channels continue to produce a nice variety of bottom fish, yellow jacks, and jack crevalles. Live shrimp and pilchards are getting the strikes. Snook have been plentiful along the western shorelines of South Bay. You can find the snook along sea walls and mangrove shorelines that have a decent amount of bait nearby.  Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 8:43 in the morning.


Cooler water temperatures in Florida Bay has moved the snook, redfish, blackdrum, seatrout, and sheepshead into the channels and motes of South Bay. Live shrimp fished near the bottom has been getting the strikes. This is the time of year when the fish bite light so be patient when you feel that first tap. A small bite often is a keeper fish. The shorelines are holding fish on the higher stages of the tides. East Cape Canal is another area that has been holding snook, redfish, and seatrout. The pilings offshore and hard bottom areas are holding big snook, redfish, and a few cobias. Large live shrimp and pinfish will work on these fish. Spanish mackerel, bluefish and tripletails can be chummed to the boat out in the open waters outside of the Parks boundary markers. These fish are suckers for a live shrimp fished behind a Cajun Thunder float. Don’t forget to use a Mustad long shank hook when fishing these fish. The creeks and river mouths near Shark River are producing catches of snappers, snook, redfish, seatrout, and goliath groupers. Shrimp on ae deadly in these areas. The inside waters of Oyster and Whitewater Bays are producing catches of seatrout, snook, redfish and snappers. Hit the points and island shorelines where there is a decent tidal flow.  High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 7:54 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 5:55 AM.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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